One major aspect of a pristine refrigerator is the absence of food that has “gone bad.” For example, if vegetables in our refrigerator’s crisper look like a science experiment that has gone bad or if the milk looks like cottage cheese, then you know that you are past due giving your refrigerator a thorough purging and cleaning. click to read refrigerator
In a perfect world, you would always buy the exact amount of food that you and your family would eat thereby leaving no unused food accumulating in your refrigerator. However, perfectly estimating your family’s food consumption is nearly impossible; therefore, you will occasionally have food that sits and sits and sits until it becomes a repulsive force of nature that you must remove.
The most ideal times to give your refrigerator a good cleaning occur just before you embark on a trip to the supermarket. We certainly don’t want to waste food, but if you find you absolutely must toss some items, consider the following first:
- Spoiled vegetables and fruits should be tossed into a compost heap · Be sure to empty glass and plastic containers of any spoiled or congealed food. Rinse out the containers and recycle them. · Expired eggs should be opened and the shells should go into the compost heap.
Once you have eliminated all bad foods, you need to clean the insides of your refrigerator. To do this, first remove all remaining food and start cleaning with a cloth and warm, soapy water or you can use warm water and baking soda. Start cleaning the top shelf and work your way down toward the bottom, cleaning as you go. Remember also to clean the outside of your refrigerator including the door handle.
On an as-needed basis, you’ll want to occasionally remove the glass drawers and shelves and wash them in your sink with warm, soapy water. Be sure to rinse well and dry them before returning them to the refrigerator.
A helpful tip to keep your unit smelling clean and fresh is to open a new box of baking soda and keep it stored in the refrigerator. You can always buy what is known as a baking soda air filter that tells you when the box is stale and needs to be replaced. However, because baking soda is so inexpensive, buying one of these filters seems a waste of money and energy.
Some owners recommend unplugging your refrigerator from its electric source before embarking on a deep cleaning effort. This practice is not always appropriate, though, so your best bet is to consult the manufacturer and consider your unit’s condition.
If your ice trays contain cubes that look or smell strange, throw them out. Some final tips for successfully cleaning your refrigerator include:
- Always wear gloves.
- Avoid using ice picks, knives, or any other sharp object.
- Use caution when cleaning around dials, switches, and/or lights.
- To avoid spoilage, place all freezer foods into an ice chest filled with ice while you’re cleaning the freezer.
- Remember to put all foods back into the refrigerator and don’t forget to plug it back in.